LOI #10: Desmond Owino

LOI #10: Desmond Owino

Raleigh (NC) Sanderson defensive end Desmond Owino has signed with NC State! Owino picked the Wolfpack in January after previously being committed to North Carolina.

Desmond Owino
Scout Ranking:
Scout Rank:
No. 154 DE
6-5, 235 pounds
Raleigh, NC
Sanderson High School

Projected Position At NC State: Jumbo Athlete

Stats: had six sacks as a senior

Accolades: rated a three-star prospect and No. 117 DE nationally by ESPN

Commit Date: January 17, 2012

Recruiting Scene: Owino is a virtual newcomer to the game of football with 2011 being his first year participating in the sport. However, it didn't take long for colleges to take notice of Owino's potential. One of those was NC State and they offered shortly after seeing film of his senior season.

Everything looked good for the Pack after an unofficial visit by Owino but he promptly committed to UNC the following week after visiting the Heels.

The Wolfpack continued their pursuit of him however and a coaching change and questions surrounding potential sanctions against UNC caused Owino to rethink his decision. After making an official visit to Raleigh, he flipped his commitment to the Wolfpack.

Why NC State? "The football program is winning, and they have what I want to major in."

Owino wants to major in business and the coaches and everyone else at NC State made sure the 6-5, 235-pound athlete was able to check out the business program. "I got to see the business school and how they handle business and everything. It was really good. I was impressed with what they do," Owino explained.

"I also got to meet a lot of the players and they're very interesting. It went well with the coaches and I got to meet them one on one. It was really good to get to know all of them. "Coach O'Brien had just told me that they were interested in me and would like to have me on their football program."

Picked NC State Over: UNC, Wake Forest, Maryland and East Carolina

Scouting Report: "Owino is a defensive end prospect with good size at this stage. He looks to possess a frame with good length and room to support more good mass with further development and time in a college weight program. He gets off the ball well. He is active and works to get to the football, but he needs to bring his pad level down and do a better job of bringing his hands.

He is a good sized kid with a motor that can get away with overpowering or outworking opponents at the high school level, but will need to keep developing and polishing his technique to be consistently productive at the next level.

"He hustles to the ball and displays good straight-line speed in pursuit. -- ESPN

Highlights courtesy of AthleteVault.com.

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